Garbage Truck Sound Effects – Peterbilt USA

Recording garbage truck sound effects in Orange County, California.

I think everybody knows the Movie Men at Work with Charly Sheen and his brother Emilio Estevez and the garbage truck Scene, right? If not here is one clip I found on YouTube.

I go jogging almost every morning in the Costa Mesa Back Bay area and a few times a week the garbage truck comes into our neighborhood! I remembered the movie and told myself “I have to record these garbage truck sound effects. Who knows maybe someone like you needs these royalty free engine sounds?

Peter Bilt Garbage Truck Sound Effect

That is the thing about sounds! If you listen to the sound from this 1990 garbage truck in the movie with Charly Sheen it is a totally different sound!

Different truck, different engine, different environment, and the most important point? Time! The sounds that we are listening too right now aren’t available anymore in the next 10 years if we do not capture them! That is also a reason why I create this free sound effects library!  In a few years, our website will be a time capsule for anyone who is looking for high-quality sounds from all around the world! Feel free to check out the Category page or review the newest sound list in my Complete Library!

How did I record these garbage truck sound effects?

So after my jogging round I went to my room and grabbed the Zoom H6 (the sound is only recorded on this recorder with the XY Microphone). There was no time to set up another recorder or microphone. That’s what I love about the smaller recorder. “Run and Gun! I left the house and walked slowly behind the truck!

We living in a gated area so the truck driver needed to drive slowly to grab the trash bins!

Garbage Truck Sound Effects

I recorded following sound effects 


– listen to the power of the engine while the truck empties the bins!
-squeaking of the breaks when the truck backs up!
-beeping noise of the reverse gear.
-listen to an airplane fly over from the John Wayne
-the puff noise from the hydraulic!
-another backing up and you hear the beeping sound effect!
-sound of the truck placing the bin back on the street!
-bird sound before another beeping noise!
-the truck goes back and forth!
-squeaking breaks again!
-listen to bottle rumble sounds in the trash!
-everything is a little bit more intense after I walked closer to the truck
-rattle sound and the “puff” of the hydraulic!
-the truck drives away and another car drives by!


Let’s talk about the Peterbilt truck!

If I am right and I made a correct research than this truck is a Peterbilt 520 with the natural gas applications.
You can get the Model 520 with 9-or 12-liter engines and 320 or 380 horsepower (PS).
If you like to have more facts about the Truck and the engine, please check the website from Peterbilt!
If I made a mistake please send me a message and I change that!

NOTE: If you are in Europe, South America or Asia you are not able to record this sound because there are no Peterbilt garbage trucks! Each country has its own fleet or manufacturers with a completely different design or engine! That is it what makes these sounds so unique


Download Garbage Truck Sound Effects On Bandcamp

Files: 1 files 

Size: 200 MB

Sample Rate: 96-24 WAV

Duration: Approx. 6 min

Gear: Zoom H6 XY Microphone

Delivery: Instant – blazingly-fast – digital download on Bandcamp

License type: Single user, royalty-free no credit required

Price: Only $1 


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